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Nicole Curtis (Overy), M.S. CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Working with children has always felt natural for Nicole. She started out as the neighborhood babysitter and went on to receive a BS at Emerson College, followed by an MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. After completing her Clinical Fellowship in Phoenix, AZ, she moved back to the greater Boston area and has spent the last several years working in both school and pediatric outpatient settings.  

When she is not practicing, Nicole loves spending time with her dog, Toby, writing short stories, and playing video games. She got married in a gorgeous desert wedding last November.


Alessandra Spaulding, M.S. CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Meet Alessandra. Growing up in the suburbs of Massachusetts, Alessandra has always loved to work with children. Graduating with her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.S. from Boston University in speech pathology, Alessandra has worked in both educational settings and in private practices in the Massachusetts area.

When she is not practicing, she loves spending time with her three children, writing novels, and doing art in her bullet journal.

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Meet Our Team

All of our clinicians have clinical expertise working with children from infancy through adolescence across a wide variety of communication profiles. They are speech language pathologists with a graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology. Our clinicians also attain a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Fiona Mairead Higgins, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Fiona has loved language since middle school, and being a speech language pathologist allows her to work with language everyday!  Fiona graduated from McGill University with her BA and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. She has previously worked in the school system outside of Nashville.

When she is not practicing, Fiona enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her cats.


Kendra Hennegen, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Originally from Southern California, Kendra has always had a passion for helping and working with children. She received a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from Point Loma Nazarene University. After college she worked as a nanny and a preschool teacher before going on to earn a M.S. in speech pathology from Boston University. Kendra has worked as an SLP in schools, clinical summer camps, and private clinics before starting at Talk Time Boston.


When she isn't practicing, Kendra loves to cook, read novels, and practice yoga. 

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Grace Burleson, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Grace is a passionate pediatric clinician who loves all things feeding! Graduating with her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions, she recently completed her fellowship working with the birth to three population. Prior to her time in Boston, Grace attended the University of Alabama, graduating with her BA in Communicative Disorders.


Grace is involved in her local Alabama alumni association, Bama in Boston, where she serves as the social chair. In her free time, Grace enjoys spending time with her family in CT, crafting and fostering dogs. 


Julia Zackular, M.S. CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Julia has loved working with kids for as long as she can remember. She always knew she wanted to make a career out of working with little ones and fell in love with the field of speech-language pathology. She earned her B.A in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and then traveled back home to complete her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Regis College. She is so excited to get started at Talk Time! 


When she is not practicing, Julia enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.  

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